Sweeney Falls Short in Addressing the Void Left by Bergeron

Published August 17, 2023 at 1:46 PM

Don Sweeney's time as Boston Bruins' GM has seen successes and setbacks.

He's skilled at locking stars to budget contracts, like Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak. His trade moves, including bolstering the roster for last season's playoff push, stood out. Yet, the playoffs ended abruptly against Florida.

Bergeron and Krejci's exit leaves a gaping hole in the center position after 18 years. Trade options like Lindholm or Scheifele might help, but...

Sweeney's failure to draft center talent is evident without Bergeron and Krejci.

2023-24's Center Landscape

The center depth chart shows challenges. Nosek's move to New Jersey leaves Zacha, Coyle, Geekie, Frederic, and Brown in the mix, guided by Montgomery. Young prospects Beecher, Merkulov, and McLaughlin vie for spots, but...

Sweeney's Drafts: Center Gap

Champion teams need strong centers. Sweeney's drafts haven't nurtured them, despite Bergeron and Krejci pre-dating him.

Promising talents like Poitras shine, but not immediately. Beecher could be NHL-ready from Providence Bruins. McLaughlin might be a winger, not a center.

Youth Boost: Not Centered

Boston aimed for youthful prospects, but not mainly at center. Sweeney's neglect in nurturing centers shows as...

The Bruins lack a top-line center, affecting their season. Sweeney's 8-year tenure lacks a solution.

The result? Bruins lack a succession plan for their departing icons.

Lacking replacements leaves Boston in a tricky spot for the upcoming season.
Source: Thehockeywriters
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Sweeney Falls Short in Addressing the Void Left by Bergeron

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